The Life Writing Workbook: How To Work Through Your Lifes Unresolved Emotional Experiences
Publish Date: 2015-08-20
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I stumbled upon life writing at agetwenty-nine. I wasatthat moment ina divorcewhen you know it's overand it's time to move on. Irealized how littleIunderstood my life and thatI had no real sense ofhow to make a life.I wanted a life.I wanteda certain kind ofsatisfactionfrom lifethat I knew existed; yet here I was, very clear thatthismarriagewasn't going to work outand faced with raisingalovelychildaloneas Imademy waytoward this certain something I couldn't even name. I moved in with my best friend's parents, who were very kind to me. Totry to get a handle on things, Isecludedmyselfin theirbasement for many evenings to dissectmylife story.It was just instinct.Starting withmyearliest memory, Istarted thewalkforward, sifting carefully through eachexperience I couldrecall. I would approachcertain memoriesin the writing, and my body would tighten.At first I just kept going, but those particular memories called me back. So I went back, slowed down, andsifted more carefully-looking at thescene, thecircumstances, thepeople involved, andatmyself, my emotions, my perceptions, and myfears. At the endof thisrather intenseprocess,there was no doubt that somethingin mehad shifted. Ifelta newsense of self-possession. I felt aware of myself in a way I wasn't before.I can see this same new presence and power arise in the faces ofothers as they complete the life-writing process. The Life Writing Workbook guides you step-by-step through eight sessions of deeply engaging, private, and transformative writing through your life story.